Students & Graduates


We provide recent graduates and entry-level professionals with the opportunity to get involved in the meaningful work of the Postal Service. Our current programs – The Management Foundations Program and Summer Intern Program – are designed to ensure you have the opportunity to gain work experience and develop critical professional skills.


Management Foundations Program Overview


The Management Foundations Program is a rotational internship program that allows recent graduates and entry level professionals to gain the experience needed to develop into a strong, established professional within the Postal Service. This is a permanent, full time 18-month program.

Program Highlights

  • Build great friendships and a strong network when you come in with a cohort of interns from other universities around the country.
  • You’ll be eligible for promotion as long as you meet established performance goals during the program.
  • Participate in regular trainings with top executives of the organization (e.g., CEO, CFO, VPs).
  • Gain valuable field experience within the first year of your internship.
  • Through rotations, gain knowledge of your business unit to figure out what interests you most.
  • Upon completion of the program, you’ll be placed into a professional position and be eligible for other continuing education opportunities.

Program Eligibility

  • Recent Graduates from an accredited institution having completed an academic program (bachelors, masters, or doctorate) within the previous two years. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded by their military service obligation from meeting this requirement will have up to six years to apply.
  • Graduates with a concentration in an applicable discipline, such as Engineering, Human Resources, Accounting/Finance, Supply, Sales/Marketing, Information Technology, and others.

Recruitment Timeline

  • Year-round – College visits throughout the nation to meet and interact with potential applicants.
  • February/March – An email with details on how to apply is sent to all students who submit a resume.
  • March – Management Trainee jobs will be posted online to about.usps.com/careers
  • April – Interview applicants.
  • May (first week) – Select new cohort of trainees.
  • July (mid-July) – Trainees start.

Summer Intern Program Overview


The Summer Intern Program is a 10-week summer program looking for motivated rising Juniors, rising Seniors, and first year Master’s students who are dedicated to developing new ideas that will help drive our business. The program allows interns to gain real work experience that will be applicable towards their major, as well as their career.

Program Highlights

  • Complete a 10-week project aligned with your concentration and USPS business need.
  • Collaborate on cross functional projects.
  • Interact and receive mentoring from senior-level managers on assigned projects.
  • Network and build great friendships and a strong network with a cohort of interns from universities around the country.
  • Participate in structured professional developmental training.

Program Eligibility

  • Must be a rising Junior or Senior, or a first year Master’s student who is currently enrolled at an accredited university.
  • Have a concentration in an applicable discipline, such as Engineering, Human Resources, Accounting/Finance, Supply, Sales/Marketing, Information Technology, and others.
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills.

Recruitment Timeline

  • Year-round — College visits throughout the nation to meet and interact with potential applicants.
  • January — Communication with details on how to apply is sent to all students who submit a resume.
  • January/February — Summer Intern jobs will be posted online at about.usps.com/careers.
  • February/March — Interview applicants.
  • March — Select new class of Summer Interns.
  • End of May/early June — Summer Interns start.

For additional information about the Management Trainee positions, Summer Intern positions, or how to apply, email us at universityrelations@usps.gov


Operations Industrial Engineer Overview


USPS is seeking highly motivated and qualified Operations Industrial Engineers (OIEs) to join our organization. Become a part of a team who will re-engineer how mail is collected, processed, and delivered to the American public in a way that is faster, safer, and more economical than ever before!

During the 2 year onboarding program you will gain experience with all areas of USPS operations. You will have opportunities to lead projects, obtain a Lean Six Sigma Belt Certification, and utilize AutoCAD, Minitab and other software while facilitating continuous improvement as the Postal Service continues its effort to make historical transformations. In this position you will directly apply industrial engineering and continuous improvement principles to drive process improvement, improve service and reduce costs in mail processing, delivery, and customer service operations.

Program Highlights

  • 24 month OIE structured training program.
  • Experience in various Postal facilities.
  • Cross functional team projects.
  • Lean Six Sigma Belt certification.
  • Be a part of a Nationwide OIE and Lean Six Sigma trained network.
  • Competitive salary and benefits.

Locations

  • Nationwide Positions Available.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor's or graduate degree in an Industrial Engineering or Professional Engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.
  • Preference eligible veterans qualify with a valid license as a Professional Engineer and six (6) years of professional industrial engineering experience.
  • Willingness to travel and work nights and weekends for special projects.
  • Willingness and genuine passion for conducting Lean projects in a manufacturing environment.

Recruitment Timeline

  • 2 cycles of posting (a 3rd cycle only if necessary).
  • Year-round — College visits throughout the nation to meet and interact with potential applicants.

Fall Posting

  • September – OIE vacancies will be posted online at about.usps.com/careers.
  • October — Review applications.
  • November — National Hiring Event.
  • December — New Cohort OIEs start.

Spring Posting

  • March — OIE vacancies will be posted online at about.usps.com/careers.
  • April — Review applications.
  • May — National Hiring Event.
  • June — New Cohort OIEs start.

For additional information about the Operations Industrial Engineer positions, or how to apply, email us at uspsfieldrecruitment@usps.gov.

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Employment Requirements

  • United States citizen, permanent resident, or citizen of American Samoa or other U.S. territory
  • Recent employment history
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check, drug screening, and medical assessment
  • Safe driving record (if applicable to the position)
  • Must be registered with Selective Service if applicable

 
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